Excerpt: Last year for Christmas, I was trying to think of a cheap but nice gift small enough for the stockings of my two pre-teen boys. Since they were both a little envious of the mp3 players a friend of mine had purchased for us for our birthdays, I figured I could find them a cheaper alternative.
Summary: I just received it on Saturday and it has already blown through 2 batteries. The first battery in an hour, the second in an hour and a half! The buttons on it work about half the time and it is a pain to get to the folder where it stores the music. This thing is not worth even the $20 I paid for it.
Summary: I don't use voice recorder so cannot review it. I use it for audiobooks and get good battery life, good sound with plenty of volume, plugs right into the car usb, has typical display. Navagation of the device is okay once I learned it. As far as durability goes; I have used it now for about six months and it still does just fine. I put it through a wash cycle; when I tried to get the data off of it the computer at first recognized it then wouldn't.
Summary: I do not listen to music much, but rather I use players for playing the audio from full length movies I make into mp3's. I rip dvd's and create the audio into mp3, to listen to while driving, or at work, or doing yard work. So my mp3 player must have the feature to "resume play from power on". If Im in the middle of a movie, and power off the player, I need it to resume play from where it left off when powered off. This player DOES THAT!
Summary: This little MP3 player is a real gem! I am not a fan of fancy gadgets, and quite seriously..sometimes they are complicated to use. THIS IS NOT A FANCY GADGET!!! It is slim, portable, and downloading songs by drag and drop is super easy! The only downfall I see is the radio doesn't work extremely well, and the 2 GB fills up rapidly. Other than that, I love it. I use it when biking and also when I do my power walks. It's light weight enough to slip in a pocket.
Summary: I've used mp3 devices for years to listen to audiobooks downloaded from the library. This device was pretty easy to set up and transfer files to initially and on follow-up attempts. Really wanted as much storage as possible with a single AAA battery trade off-cannot stand built-in rechargeable units.
Pros: Easy To Set Up, Great Sound, Reliable Performance
Summary: I bought this wonderful little devise because I was tired of trying to use a CD player while doing chores, and because my daughter recommended it. She has a Coby and just loved hers. In fact that's why I bought two - one for me and one for her. Her old one was just a one-gigger and she wanted more storage room. But it wasn't a waste! She gave her old one to her husband! Now I'm buying another one for my husband - who goes through CD players like they're disposable!
Summary: Glad I got this 1/2 off - actually I bought two intending to use one for music and one for audiobooks. Instruction manual did not accurately represent the downloading process. Easy to copy/sink entirely library. Difficult/time-consuming to get a more focused download... say only a few albums or an audiobook. Claimed to play audiobooks, but was not compatible with Audible.com (major bummer!). Overall - disappointed.
Summary: I had purchased the Coby 1 gig model three years back (at $29.99) and adored it. It was the same style but well-made with a toggle controller and a rubberized plastic case. When it finally gave out, I immediately set about buying another one but this thing is a joke. It feels like it's made like a child's dollar store toy. The plastic case is thin and feels like you could crush it in your hands.